Tragic news out of Colorado where 29-year-old man from was killed in a St. Patrick’s Day avalanche about 13 miles south of Telluride. Helitrax was dispatched to the scene where they “saw a single set of tracks going into the slide area, but none coming out.” The Helitrax team found a signal from the rider’s beacon. Here’s a brief from San Miguel County Sheriff:
Telluride Man Dies in Avalanche:
A 29 year-old Telluride man died in an avalanche today (Thursday) in the Poverty Gulch area south of Trout Lake, 13 miles south of Telluride. At approximately 3pm this afternoon, Helitrax, a local heli-ski outfitter, was flying in the Trout Lake area and spotted what appeared to be evidence of a fresh avalanche. They saw a single set of tracks going into the slide area, but none coming out. They immediately contacted San Miguel Sheriff’s Dispatchers, and a Search and Rescue mission was launched. Helitrax meantime started an aerial beacon search, and when a signal was detected, they landed their helicopter and were able to locate the victim who had been buried in the debris. Search and Rescue members were flown in to recover the body. The man has been identified as Mr. Devin Overton of Telluride. Next of kin notifications have been made. On behalf of the entire Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Masters wishes to extend deepest condolences to Mr. Overton’s family and many friends.